Shabbat Candles, Wine and Challot
What is the reason for lighting the candles, drinking the wine and breaking the bread on Sabbath? I have searched various sites and come up with different symbolism for each. A Christian looking at the Friday night "ritual" might see an analogy with communion and as such as symbolic of the coming of Jesus - ie the body (bread) and blood (wine). I have also read that in some forms on one candle is lite whilst my own mum would only ever light two candles of a Friday night. So can someone give me a definitive picture as to what each part of the ritual means. Thanks.